John A. Goodworth 1919-2019
VIENNA — John Alexander Goodworth, 99, of Vienna, died Thursday morning, June 6, 2019 (D-Day), at St. Joseph Warren Hospital.
He was born Nov. 6, 1919, in Vienna, the son of the late Alexander and Mary Jane Jarman Goodworth. He had been a lifetime Vienna resident.
John served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant during World War II in the 3421st Ordnance Company for 3 1/2 years. He spent two years in the Persian Gulf in Iran, then went to India and traveled up the Burma Road to Kue Ming, China and then flew over the hump to Calcutta, India.
John retired from the United Telephone/Sprint Company, where he worked for 30 years as an installer. He also served as a 30-year volunteer fireman with the Vienna Township Fire Department.
John was an active member of the Vienna Presbyterian Church, where he had served as elder, deacon and trustee. He had been very active with and was a lifetime member of the Vienna VFW Post No. 3521. He was a member of the Independent Telephone Pioneer Association. He enjoyed traveling and with his wife, Dorothy, served as camp hosts at Assateague State Park in Maryland for 17 years. He was affectionately known as “Uncle John” and “Popcorn John,” known for his wood fired popcorn and his popcorn balls at Christmastime, as well as for being a capable handyman.
He is survived by one daughter, Bonnie S. (Tom) Svabik of Brookfield; one son, Dallas G. Goodworth of Hubbard; three grandchildren, Michael, Steven and Christi Goodworth; and five great-grandchildren, Jacob, Meggin, Nicholas, Hailey and Tyler.
His wife of over 63 years, Dorothy Helen Timko Goodworth, whom he married Aug. 31, 1946, preceded him in death Nov. 15, 2009. One son, Dale Goodworth; one sister, Helen Tidd; and one brother, Raymond Goodworth, also have preceded in death.
The funeral service will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Lane Family Funeral Homes Madasz Chapel in Brookfield, where the family will receive friends 4 to 6:30 p.m. prior to the services. Pastor Albert Shakely will officiate. Military honors will also be accorded.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vienna VFW Post 3521 or to the memorial fund at Vienna Presbyterian Church. Online condolences may be made to the family and the obituary viewed at www.madaszchapel.com